Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

Bing Liu | 
US |
 2018 | 
93 minutes

THE TUESDAY MAY 8 SCREENING IS PART OF RATED Y FOR YOUTH AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION.

CONSUMER PROTECTION BC CLASSIFICATION
Minding the Gap (14A)

To call Bing Liu’s debut documentary a coming of age story is a disservice to its artfulness, honesty, and visual mastery. Director/cinematographer Liu recorded countless hours of footage of his friends growing up and dealing with the onset of adult life in unexpected ways. A passion for skateboarding cemented their friendship, and the film comes alive as it follows Liu and his buddies carving lines through the streets of Rockford, Illinois. But systemic racism, family abuse, and violence have left their mark on each of the young people profiled here. Liu’s own difficult childhood—including dealing with his father’s abuse—is poignantly captured in a scene in which Liu confronts his mother about the situation. His decision to stop filming is a testimony to his restraint as a filmmaker, and more importantly his humanity and compassion. -AP

This year’s Sundance may well be defined by the host of innovative ways filmmakers found to tell personal stories … the most touching of these self-reflexive projects was Bing Liu’s intimate look at a pair of childhood friends he’s been filming for nearly a decade. – VARIETY

A lyrical skateboard ballet when it wants to be and critical introspection amidst the tumult of family and friendship when it absolutely has to be. – INDIEWIRE

Filmmaker

Bing Liu

Bing Liu moved from China to Alabama to California to Rockford, Illinois with his mother all before he was 8 years old. He honed his cinematography and editing skills making DIY skateboarding films as a teenager. When he was 19 he moved to Chicago and began freelancing as a grip while attaining his B.A. in literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At age 23 he joined the International Cinematographers Guild, working in the camera department on fiction films and episodic television series. In 2014 he began collaborating with Kartemquin Films on his first feature, ​Minding the Gap​, a co-production of POV and ITVS. Bing is also a Story Director and DP for the upcoming Steve James mini-series, ​America to Me​. Bing is a 2017 Film Independent Fellow and Garrett Scott Development Grant recipient.